You may remember that around the first of the year, Ji offered a RBL fan submission contest. My entry was for an "oilslick" polish. Unfortunately, it wasn't selected (it may have been put in her "impossible" catagory. LOL), so I was more than a little excited with Sarah's Seashell/Oilslick inspiration polish was voted to be in Lex's line up of polishes.
I finally got around to getting this one last week, and while it's a very pretty polish, I have to say, that I'm a tad underwhelmed. :( This is a deep charcoal base with tons of subtly holo microshimmer. Again, it's pretty, but it doesn't quite meet what I had in mind. I expected it to be a duo/multi-chrome rather than a holo, and the black base really took me out of the "inspired by a seashell" backstory. It's silly, but in my mind, there is a bit of a disconnect between a deep charcoal polish and a seashell (of course, I fully admit that is probably nitpicking).
Also, when you have a polish like this, it comes with the territory that it's going to be compared to OPI My Private Jet holo. And when you do that comparison, there is no contest. My Private Jet will always reign supreme (of course, it's now super rare and $$$, so perhaps this would be a good lemming slayer) However, Seashell seems very similar to Color Club Revvvolution (which I blog-sold or I would compare) and perhaps Diamond Cosmetics Chainmail Charm (which I never owned).
In terms of application, my bottle leaked quite a bit in transit and I think that made the formula a bit thick. It wasn't impossible to work with by any means, but I just had to be careful with it. It was a good formula, though, and it dried fast and is super, super glossy with just 1 coat of TC (which is awesome considering sometimes, these kinds of colors have a tendency to eat up TC and end up looking muddy). I haven't been able to stop looking at my nails today because the finish is so SHINY! :)
Even with my issue regarding the color and leakage, I still wouldn't dissuade you from picking this one up, especially if you don't have any of the similar colors, and one of the reasons I'm saying this is because of the company, Lex Cosmetics. First off, this is the only company, that I can think of, that let's their customers decide on their entire color line, not just a couple here and there. Also, $1 of each bottle sold goes to the charity of the creator's choice. In this case, Sarah's requested that $1 go to the fight against sexual assault.
Seashell is available at www.lexcosmetics.com, and the cost is $10 per bottle.
this was purchased by me